Freedom Trail
Freedom Trail
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The red line on the sidewalk leads you on this 2.5-mile, self-guided tour of American Revolution sites. It starts at the Boston Common, America's oldest public park, and ends at the famed Bunker Hill Monument.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
How to get there
  • Park St • 3 min walk
  • Boylston • 4 min walk
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Crzytraveller2342
Boston, MA12 contributions
The Freedom Trail was difficult to navigate for a first-time visitor to Boston because there was minimal signage or directional guidance. Similar to Salem, several other routes feature painted guiding lines on the pavement
But once navigated, it was fascinating and took around three hours to finish.
Written September 22, 2022
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Denise F
Brisbane, Australia46 contributions
If you’re not on a guided walking tour, and doing it by yourself then the “red line” is sometimes very hard and confusing to follow. Be sure you have your guide book to try to follow this confusing trail.
Written September 19, 2022
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christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA489 contributions
The Freedom Trail is a great way to walk around Boston and see the highlights of its historic past. Besides the standard guided tours, you can find the Trail by the distinctive vertical strip of bricks embedded in the sidewalks that lead from one site to the next. It can take all day to walk the entire trail, but it's good exercise and there not many hilly stretches in downtown Boston or Charlestown.

All the historic highlights are hit, such as the Old North Church, Paul Revere House, Old State House, South Meeting House, USS Constitution, etc. Each stop will keep your interest for ~1 hour, and then you can move onto the next one at your own pace.

Note that those vertical strip of bricks embedded in the sidewalk have in places been removed due to various maintenance projects, so sometimes you'll notice a gap for a partial or full block. If you are walking without a guide, I'd be sure to take a map (or download one) so you don't get lost in all those confusing downtown Boston streets.
Written September 19, 2022
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Jessica E
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Couples
Jeremiah Poope was our tour guide today and we LOVED every minute of our tour. This is my second tour and my husband’s fourth tour with the Freedom Trail and this was our greatest experience. Thank you, Jeremiah, for a very informative and entertaining tour! Couldn’t recommend enough!
Written September 19, 2022
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Atkinstravelers
Tellico Plains, TN140 contributions
Family
Jeremiah was our tour guide, he was dressed in period clothes which set the stage. He started the tour by telling the group his name, and Poope was really his last name. The group of that he took out was pretty large for a walking tour in a busy city with lots of tourists. Mr. Poope was very nice and knew his history and the details of each person that he told us about. The pace when walking was quite brisk, again for being in a busy historic city with lots of people and traffic. Our guide was able to be heard and waited for is group to gather around as much as possible. Jeremiah was funny and that kept your attention and made the tour very enjoyable, he also gave just enough of his own Boston experiences to add to the historical aspect. This is a must do, but just understand it’s a walking tour that is pretty brisk paced. Also be on the lookout for unusual sights, because this city is full of interesting things, people and Dogs. Great Job Mr. Poope!!
Written September 18, 2022
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Mauisron
Santa Clarita, CA163 contributions
Couples
What a great way to spend the day in Boston. Take the train ( Blue line or Green Line) and take the nearest exit to Boston Common ( Huge park). Find the Visitor center and determine if a guided tour is right for you. We opted to solo walk, therefore purchased a guide pamphlet and hit the trail. I suggest doing a little detour to the Cheers Bar, which is just across Boston Common. You can double back to pick up the start of the trail. Take your time and do every stop, reading the info for each. Midway through the trail, you come to the market place area, Good place and time to grab a bite to eat and rest a spell. There are plenty of small stores to buy water & snacks. Another tip is go the day before on the Hop-on, Hop-Off bus. This takes you throughout the entire city and you can get an idea of where you want to spend more time. The North End near Paul Revere’s house has some fantastic Italian restaurants.
Another tip…at the end of the trail is Bunker Hill. Rather than back tracking across the bridge, follow the alternate route to the Constitution ( Ship in harbor), go to pier 4, and take the Metro water ferry back to downtown. It is like $1.50 PP ( senior rate). You will thank me, guaranteed!
We started about 11:00AM and docked at the Aquarium ( downtown) about 5:30 PM. Wear good walking shoes. The trail is marked with red bricks inlaid into the sidewalk, so you cannot get lost!
Written September 18, 2022
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TravelNKA
Wildwood, MO3 contributions
Family
Tour was oversold by 2x or 3x. Way too many people. We couldn't get close enough to hear the guide. Very disappointed as we were really looking forward to it.
Written September 17, 2022
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out-of-here-arizona
Sun City West, AZ211 contributions
This was the first time my husband and I visited Boston. Overall we had a great time but were disappointed in the Freedom Trail. We read a lot about the history of the trail but our disappointment was because there was limited or no signage/placquards for the 16 historical sites. The trail itself is easy to follow but it would have been a bonus if maps were available that talked about each site.

A few of the sites required admission which we had no problem with. The problem was there were no docents or historians at those sites to talk about the significance.

Walking the trail took about 3 hours - there are a lot of placs to rest, shop, explore.
Written September 17, 2022
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SagaloutsTour
Gerrards Cross, UK1,109 contributions
Couples
For a first time visitor to Boston, the Freedom Trail was hard to follow, with very little signage or directional signs. Many other trails like Salem, have painted lines on the pavement to follow.
However once navigated it was very interesting and took about 3 hours to complete
Written September 14, 2022
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MeeMee
Minneapolis, MN66 contributions
Highly suggest this tour. You will get a very thorough tour with tour guide in costume. The tour guide is very knowledgeable.
Written September 14, 2022
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